Interior doors are an important furnishing element, lending elegance and harmony to a room; however, they are often overlooked during routine cleaning. Cleaning interior doors ensures their lustre and elegance over time and helps to extend their durability.

How to clean a door?

Materials needed

To begin with, attention must be paid to the material of the door in order to use the most appropriate products and avoid harmful ones. Aggressive and chemical cleaners are highly inadvisable, as they may change the door’s finish, affecting its shine and spoiling its aesthetic appearance. Use a bucket of water, mild soap (or Marseille soap for deeper cleaning), microfibre cloth, a hoover and a soft bristle brush.

Tools required

  • A bucket
  • Lukewarm water
  • Mild detergent or mild soap
  • Soft cloths or sponges
  • Towel
  • Wax or polish (optional, depending on door material)

Step 1: remove dust

Use the hoover and soft bristle brush to remove dust and dirt embedded in the edges, under the door and in the grains. Before you start, remove any decorations or hangers from the door. Make sure that the surrounding area is free of obstacles and that the floor is protected from any water drops or detergent splashes.

Step 2: clean the door

Dilute mild soap in water and moisten the microfibre cloth. After wringing it out well, clean the door with movements from top to bottom. It is very important to wring out the cloth well to prevent the door from accumulating water.

Step 3: clean the accessories

Use the cloth moistened with soap and water to clean the metal parts of the door, i.e. the hinges and handle. If there are persistent stains or finger marks on the door, you can use a solution of water and baking soda. Apply the paste to the stains, leave it for a few minutes and then wipe gently with a soft cloth. Rinse and dry.

Step 4: dry the door

Use a dry microfibre cloth to dry the door. Once cleaned, wipe the door with a dry cloth to avoid halos or water spots. If your door is made of wood, you can apply a wax or polish specifically for wood to protect the surface and add shine.

Hinges and Handle Maintenance:

Don’t forget to also clean the hinges and handle. You can use a cloth soaked in denatured alcohol or a special metal cleaner. After cleaning, it is advisable to lubricate the hinges with a little oil to ensure smooth operation.

Cleaning a door may seem like a simple task, but by paying attention to detail and following these steps, you will ensure not only a flawless appearance but also a long-lasting durability. Remember to clean your doors regularly, at least once a month, to maintain their beauty and functionality.


How to remove the fingerprints off the wooden door? 

Fingerprints on wooden doors can be annoying, but with the right measures, they can be easily removed. Here’s how:

  1. Preparation: wear soft gloves to protect your hands and make sure you have a soft, clean cloth, preferably microfibre, at hand.
  2. Gentle solution: prepare a solution with lukewarm water and a few drops of mild soap. Dip the cloth in the solution, wring it our well to remove excess water.
  3. Cleaning: wipe the cloth over the marks with gentle, circular movements. Avoid vigorous rubbing to avoid damaging the wood finish.
  4. Drying: after removing the fingerprints, wipe the door with a dry cloth to avoid streaks.

How to clean wooden doors without leaving halos?

Halos are often the result of careless cleaning or the use of unsuitable products. Here’s how to avoid this problem:

  1. Use specific products: choose detergents specifically for wood that respect its natural beauty and do not alter its finish.
  2. Cleaning technique: always use a soft, clean cloth. Start by cleaning with a slightly damp cloth and finish with a dry cloth, always following the grain of the wood.
  3. Avoid excess water: wood does not like moisture. Make sure you wring out the cloth well before wiping it over the door.

How to clean wooden interior doors?

Wooden interior doors need special care to maintain their beauty over time:

  1. Remove dust: first of all, sweep up dust using a dry cloth or a hoover with a soft attachment.
  2. Deep cleaning: prepare a solution of lukewarm water and mild soap. Clean the door with a dampened cloth, following the grain of the wood.
  3. Rinsing: if necessary, wipe with a cloth dampened with water only to remove any soap residue.
  4. Drying: dry immediately with a soft cloth to avoid the creation of halos.

How to clean matt lacquered doors?

Matt lacquered doors have a special finish that needs attention during cleaning:

  1. Avoid abrasive products: do not use abrasive sponges or harsh detergents that could ruin the matt finish.
  2. Gentle solution: mix lukewarm water with a mild detergent, such as mild soap.
  3. Cleaning technique: use a soft cloth, moistened in the solution, and clean the door with gentle movements.
  4. Drying: wipe dry immediately with a dry cloth to avoid streaks and keep the matt finish intact.


Always remember to test any product or technique on a small hidden area of the door before proceeding with full cleaning.